CEG8101 : Core Concepts in Environmental Engineering

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To acquire knowledge and understanding of the physical, chemical, biological sciences which underpin Environmental Engineering and sustainability of the environment.

This module is designed to provide scientific skills and understanding of the key chemical, physical and biological processes appropriate for a practising environmental engineer. Students will gain experience in practical analytical methods for assessing pollution of the natural environment and engineered treatment systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

History of public health engineering and environmental standards
Faecal-oral route of disease transmission (case study)
Chemistry Fundamentals, including chemical pollutants (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite)
Microbiology Fundamentals, including pathogens (E. Coli, Vibrio Cholera, Salmonella Typhi) and biotransformation (nitrification of urea)
Measurement and Analysis Fundamentals, including quality assurance and statistics (Theory and Practical).
Modelling Fundamentals, including mass balance and simple computational methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:3021:00Assessed reports on laboratory practicals
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:151:15Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:307:30Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Practical laboratory sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Field Sampling trip
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study139:1539:15Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The course introduces the chemical and microbiological principles required for an understanding of environmental pollution through lectures and tutorials. It provides experience in analytical techniques for pollution measurement, and assessment of compliance with regulatory standards. It develops skills in data collection, handling, interpretation and presentation in written form (laboratory report). The laboratory classes are split into smaller groups with demonstrator support to facilitate skills development. Acquired skills are assessed in the laboratory report. The field trip is included to provide practical context for lecture materials.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50Unseen written exam.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50One submission of two assessed reports on laboratory practicals (maximum 15 sides each).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and skills are assessed by unseen written exam, and an item of coursework. The exam employs a range of approaches to assess student ability including essays, numerical problems, and short multi-part questions. Coursework assesses skills in planning, organisation, data-analysis, interpretation, through written presentation of a laboratory report.

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